FDA seizes 9,600 domains and $41 million from illegal online pharmacies

By on June 27, 2013, 2:30 PM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week took down 9,600 websites that illegally sold “potentially dangerous and unapproved” prescription drugs online. The FDA issued regulatory warnings to the site owners, and seized the offending websites along with $41 million of illegal medicine.

“Operation Pangea” took place from June 18-25, and involved collaboration efforts between the FDA and many international partners.

According to an FDA press release, many of these unscrupulous sites operated as part of a large organized criminal network, and falsely claimed to be “Canadian Pharmacies.” The sites displayed fake licenses and certifications, and labeled drugs as “brand name” and “FDA approved” to put consumers at ease and convince them to purchase the products.

In addition to the deceitful taglines, many of the websites used strategic domain names to manipulate the perceived legitimacy of the store like walgreens-store.com and c-v-s-pharmacy.com.

Some of the drugs sold through these websites include “Levitra Super Force” and “Viagra Super Force” to treat erectile dysfunction, both of which are not FDA approved. These drugs can be dangerous when consumed, but the offending sites also pose other risks to consumers, according to the FDA.

Consumers reportedly suffer from credit card fraud, identity theft, and computer virus transmission. While these dangers are prolific on the web, and a person may believe that a “super force” version of Viagra is a good idea, who would ever think that self-prescribing Clozapine would ever be a smart move?

Clozapine, another of the highlighted medicines from the FDA report, is a drug used to treat severe schizophrenia and is associated with many potentially life threatening side effects and requires regular monitoring of blood counts.

This international effort was part of the International Internet Week of Action (IIWA), an initiative sponsors by the FDA, INTERPOL, the World Customs Organization, and national health and law enforcement agencies from 99 participating countries.




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2 people like this | ETF Soldier ETF Soldier said:

They seized $41 million dollars? I wonder who's pocket that's going to end up in.

1 person liked this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I have suspicions that if I spoke my mind about FDA, TechSpot would have no choice but to throw a ban hammer at me. Freedom of privacy is nothing compared to what FDA has stripped (rephrase: forced us to live with) from us.

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3 people like this | Guest said:

The real criminals here are big pharma, and the all of the so called "drug regulators" who are in cahoots with them, telling humanity what we can and cannot take to heal ourselves. They are more likely concerned with the millions they are losing in profits as opposed to the welfare of the population.

They rely on brainwashed doctors to "legally" push their drugs. These organizations are probably responsible for more deaths than any of the so called "illegal" organizations put together. Big pharma's time, just like monsantos, is at the beginning of the end. Yes, they will put up a big fight and the governments and legal system will no doubt defend them to the hilt but if mankind keeps waking up to their crimes at its current rate, we might just see the demise of these evil all for profit corporations in our lifetime and good riddance!

If we take the time to research, we find that there are natural cures for most diseases that big pharma and the fda just don't want us to know about. We now need to focus on nutritional education for the masses and take responsibility for ourselves. When we cut out the sugar, the salt, the aspartame, the flouride and all the other chemical garbage and junk food that we fill ourselves with and then begin to feed our bodies with the right stuff, our bodies magically heal and our DNA repairs itself! Amazing!! They will tell you that this is nonsense!! What's nonsense is that these so called people who like to think that they are in "authority" are not banged up in jail for their crimes!!!

1 person liked this | Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

They seized $41 million dollars? I wonder who's pocket that's going to end up in.

Well it's certainly not going to end up back in the pockets of the suckers who bought this stuff. It's gonna wind up in the governments coffers naturally.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

I certainly hope that the garbage these sites sold were nothing more than placebo's otherwise things could really get serious.

1 person liked this | Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The real criminals here are big pharma, and the all of the so called "drug regulators" who are in cahoots with them, telling humanity what we can and cannot take to heal ourselves. They are more likely concerned with the millions they are losing in profits as opposed to the welfare of the population.

They rely on brainwashed doctors to "legally" push their drugs. These organizations are probably responsible for more deaths than any of the so called "illegal" organizations put together. Big pharma's time, just like monsantos, is at the beginning of the end. Yes, they will put up a big fight and the governments and legal system will no doubt defend them to the hilt but if mankind keeps waking up to their crimes at its current rate, we might just see the demise of these evil all for profit corporations in our lifetime and good riddance!

If we take the time to research, we find that there are natural cures for most diseases that big pharma and the fda just don't want us to know about. We now need to focus on nutritional education for the masses and take responsibility for ourselves. When we cut out the sugar, the salt, the aspartame, the flouride and all the other chemical garbage and junk food that we fill ourselves with and then begin to feed our bodies with the right stuff, our bodies magically heal and our DNA repairs itself! Amazing!! They will tell you that this is nonsense!! What's nonsense is that these so called people who like to think that they are in "authority" are not banged up in jail for their crimes!!!

I couldn't agree more. The FDA, along with about a dozen or so more 3 letter agencies, needs to be abolished.

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